pizza bianco with caramelised onion, blue cheese, figs and balsamic

by Sam on May 15, 2013

pizza bianco with blue cheese, fig and balsamic

This is a delicious and easy pizza snack idea that hovers some where between savoury and sweet.

It definitely needs a glass of something to go with it, but the conflicting flavours present a few challenges. I felt compelled to consult with a couple of my wine guru friends on this. Suggestions ranged from a lovely off dry Riesling to a fruit driven unwooded Chenin Blanc, to a Gewurtztraminer. You want a wine that stands up to the sweet and compliments the salty blue cheese.

I like to use a creamy Gorgonzola which is probably my all-time favourite cheese, but a locally made Gorgonzola-style cheese like Simonsig’s Simonzola works beautifully too.

As far as the pizza base is concerned, I’m in the throws of testing a number of dough recipes to come up with the best and easiest one, and this is taking longer than planned. So as a result I have not included a recipe here. You will have to use whatever very thin base pizza recipe you can find, or use a tortilla as I love to do. The toppings are fairly light on this, it cooks really quickly, so a thin base is essential.

I caramelised the onions exactly like I did for a pissaldiere and just left out the anchovies. Cook the onions slowly until they become gooey, soft and sweet.

I spread a very light layer of Mascarpone cheese over the base, added a thin layer of onions, and dotted small chunks of blue cheese in amongst these. I scattered over a few thyme leaves and baked in a hot oven of 200 C for about 5 minutes until everything is bubbling.

Once out, I sliced figs thickly to be placed on top (you will use a bout 2 figs per pizza), and drizzled over a thick and syrupy balsamic reduction.


pizza bianco with blue cheese, fig and balsamic

blue cheese, fig and balsamic

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Helene D'souza May 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

A gorgeous flavor combination of caramelized onion, blue cheese figs and balsamic. All this on a pizza, a dream come true for me! =)

karien buter May 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Sam…i found a fabulous pizza dough recipe in the guardian on saturday…could email it to you if you fancy trying another…

Erika Nienaber May 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Awesome photos Sam!!!

michelle deiter May 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I do want to make this, but not with a tortilla.. Karien, I’d love your thin crust recipe… I cannot wait to try and taste this pizza!

Sam May 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Hi Karien, yes please, I would love it. thank you – slinsell @ gmail dot come :-)

Sam May 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Erika, and your cheese would work perfectly here :-)

Sam May 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

HI Michelle, I promise that when I have completed my research, I will have an awesome pizza base recipe up.

Aninas Recipes May 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Sam, this looks soo amazing. I love the way your pictures just speak about your rustic style and simplicity. Its GORGEOUS. About the recipe… well what can I say. A simple Jummmm would do it don’t you think?

Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 16, 2013 at 3:14 am

Absolutely gorgeous, I’d inhale this pizza!

Lisa the Gourmet Wog May 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

oh my god, that looks like heaven on a plate!

michelle deiter May 28, 2013 at 12:46 am

Sam, I made this delicious delight !! One of the most flavorful pizzas ever … my dough was not thin, but it was still out of this world ! Thanks!

Sam May 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it Michelle :-)

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